David Semenske

(9/17/58 / Milwaukee, Wi)

Ode to the Legion


We're taking a chance
Marching for France
Under the French Flag

We're convicts and theives
But if you please
We are heroes of the grave

France went to war
On the Barbary shore
To protect her southern coast

Her expedition failed
Her finances Pale
Her Army became a ghost

So the call went out
Without a doubt
Across the European land

Rot in your cells
Or fend for yourselves
And give France a hand

So we made a stand
On Algerian land
One unit under France

And when we were done
A new life had begun
We earned our second chance

Submitted: Thursday, February 20, 2014
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Inspired by a documentary I watched a number of years ago.I had the lead line for a number of years but then it hit me and I wrote in less than half an hour.

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